Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED

  • Published on May 8, 2019
  • Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, takes a look at spy scenes from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate they really are.

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    Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED
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  • sera
    sera 5 hours ago

    this video was really cool and informative and shes really badass and im here for it,,,.,, but also why is "octopussy" sending me to an early grave, nothing in my life has been funnier than those two words combined..

  • TotalRookie_LV
    TotalRookie_LV 6 hours ago

    There is always a question - how much this is sharing of knowledge and to what degree this itself is misinformation. XD

  • TotalRookie_LV
    TotalRookie_LV 6 hours ago

    Well, YOU do them one by one, because you are professionals (sort of, I wonder what Brits say, who have been in this business for centuries). But some dummies do not - Russians had passports for their agents made in a row - same series and numbers following one another. XD

  • maria 31
    maria 31 8 hours ago

    she's so badass

  • Chan Jacky
    Chan Jacky 9 hours ago

    Is she okay? she is having seizures every time she finishes her sentences

  • IronMikeUSMC
    IronMikeUSMC 9 hours ago

    Everything she said they don't do, they definitely do.

  • Federigo de la zion
    Federigo de la zion 9 hours ago

    11:44 ROFL

  • Fanaticalplel Oof
    Fanaticalplel Oof 10 hours ago

    She looks like some boss lady in John wick

  • Caleb TheSchmuck
    Caleb TheSchmuck 10 hours ago

    Calm down it’s a movie

  • RayRaysRants
    RayRaysRants 12 hours ago

    So basically you explains how you guys set up false flags and people

  • That's So Eden!
    That's So Eden! 13 hours ago

    Dude her husband died earlier this year, that's so sad :(

  • MariMarianations
    MariMarianations 13 hours ago

    As an European... I know many people who start counting with their thumb lol

  • Alex Wasmuth
    Alex Wasmuth 13 hours ago

    I like how she passed on saying octopussy lol

  • G H
    G H 13 hours ago

    the editing here is horrible

  • Kile B
    Kile B 14 hours ago

    Wonder if theres pedophiles that are disguised as priests

  • Tim Hoskins
    Tim Hoskins 14 hours ago

    22:26 See, this makes me think the CIA definitely knows how to change people's voices.

  • Ella Pressley
    Ella Pressley 14 hours ago

    I get the Clark Kent glasses thing I was taught in high school by the same teacher for 2 years everyday and at prom I didn’t wear my glasses and she didn’t know who I was. That was the point I realised the glasses disguise worked 😂

  • veli pekka Jutila
    veli pekka Jutila 15 hours ago

    no priests in 9/11 so that stayed pure!

  • Diosnel Frica
    Diosnel Frica 16 hours ago

    "We don't dress as religious figures, media figures or peace figures..."
    But most of you are such thing.

  • Jackie G
    Jackie G 16 hours ago

    She is a power QUEEN. Power woman, power couple, power.

  • Disheartened6
    Disheartened6 17 hours ago


  • John Miller
    John Miller 17 hours ago

    After the video i thought she was going to take the mask off.

  • Adam Harris
    Adam Harris 18 hours ago

    The Jon Voight mask in the first MI is not cgi.

  • Hdjdn shjdjd
    Hdjdn shjdjd 19 hours ago

    Horrible editing

  • Jillian Collins
    Jillian Collins 20 hours ago

    Yes I love this, more please :)

  • feckingud
    feckingud 21 hour ago

    Stopped at 40 seconds. She knows what she speak about. If you want an illegal one... Better not say or put it in a movie :)

    • feckingud
      feckingud 21 hour ago

      @4:11 thank you for preserving the planet with dsposable clothes ;-) ... Ok I stop there.

  • Thomas Kirkness-Little
    Thomas Kirkness-Little 22 hours ago

    I'm disappointed that they showed her The Avengers movie but not the TV show. She could say "spies who drink all day starting at breakfast are not going to be effective."

  • Thomas Kirkness-Little
    Thomas Kirkness-Little 23 hours ago

    Wait, do the CIA really have scruples against imitating ministers etc or is she really protecting the security of a million spies world-wide? I don't actually care, this was really interesting.

  • Flávia Oliveira

    This editing is terrible. Just change to a full screen of the video clip and be done with it, freezing her in middle talk like that is a terrible choice.

  • Physique0
    Physique0 Day ago +3

    When she said that the US doesn't have a Honeypot academy for seduction, she was lying. She has her own tells.

  • Ruth Hannah
    Ruth Hannah Day ago

    I wish she would've reviewed the Mary Watson scene on Sherlock, especially the one on the plane

  • br crap
    br crap Day ago

    you look good

  • br crap
    br crap Day ago

    you are a good lady

  • Nao Kin
    Nao Kin Day ago

    At roughly 14:25 the counting in German is mentioned. To point out, i AM German. And if i want to tell the waiter, that i want 3 of something (water, beer... whatever...) I've used both versions. Most of the time i don't use my thumb to point out, that i want 3 of something. I most likely only use my index finger, middle finger and ring finger. Why would I wanna use my thumb, when I am not counting in a row? If i start counting 1, 2 and then 3, i'd start with the thumb. Same goes for showing, that I want 4 of something to the waiter. I wouldn't use my thumb for it.....

  • Nlke
    Nlke Day ago

    CIA can arrange u alien outfit for area 51 raid

  • Johanna Ber.
    Johanna Ber. Day ago

    I just love her!!

  • Kayne
    Kayne Day ago +1

    Surprised that the pill thing is real always thought it was just a spy movie gag, crazy stuff

  • Nel A
    Nel A Day ago

    Love this series! About time American voters actually got interested in their own Government. The comments baffles me.... this is why you educate yourself and vote correctly. Government is an entity completely out of the American citizens control 💯

  • dustyb58
    dustyb58 Day ago

    remember that movie about clark kent, the spy

  • petluverz
    petluverz Day ago

    Is that a disguise she's wearing...?!

  • Lucas Oliveira
    Lucas Oliveira Day ago

    Her eyes are so beautifully blue

  • jazminelovenicki

    Her husband died a few months before this....

  • brodamerons
    brodamerons Day ago

    subtle flex: ben affleck playing my husband

  • Konrad Feuer
    Konrad Feuer Day ago

    When she mentions they had people hidden in cars to cross the border it just made me think I had seen in fact a piece of news in which some illegal immigrants were disguised as car seats. And remember, when immigrants do it, they're aliens. When CIA does it, it's freedom

  • Anton Markov
    Anton Markov Day ago

    Archer has the best disguises. I mean Chet Manley.

  • pai pai
    pai pai Day ago

    Counting thumb first, i think that is a German thing not a European thing, well i know its a German thing, im just not sure other EU countries do it, i don't think they do

    • akronymus
      akronymus Day ago

      @ pai pai
      It is a thing done so in Europe except Britain (which is a region that does not want to belong to Europe anyways).

      Think of sports -- »you are number one« is not showed by raising index finger, but by 'thumb up'.

  • L Lawliet
    L Lawliet Day ago

    26:06 The Avengers 1998: Uma Thurman plays Black Widow!

  • Yoda
    Yoda Day ago +1

    Wait hol up

  • SunShd
    SunShd Day ago +1

    It kinda makes me wanna look around me for hidden agents now lol

  • SpringLakeDawn
    SpringLakeDawn Day ago

    Makes me wonder if she is just another actor put well into place ;-).

  • Victor Paringaux
    Victor Paringaux Day ago +2

    "priests don't have any structure to protect them" hah, good one.

  • Leylek
    Leylek Day ago +3

    I was kinda hoping she would rip of her mask at the end. uh

  • orbachin odure
    orbachin odure Day ago

    How about being dressed to fully undressed?

  • Ravi Chandel
    Ravi Chandel Day ago

    aunty you are best

  • Tamara Kennedy
    Tamara Kennedy Day ago

    THANK you Mrs. Mendez, I mean...Faith.

  • jaskaran parmar
    jaskaran parmar Day ago

    I think her full time job was to watch movies

  • Hello it's me
    Hello it's me Day ago

    4:37 "Priests can't be accused of being a spy" "They don't have any structure to protect them- they're too vulnerable." Ummm they have the whole freakin catholic church behind them all the way up to the pope. That's why they never go to jail for molesting little boys. Priests would make perfect spies- look what they've already gotten away with!

  • Willem v.h.
    Willem v.h. Day ago

    not in europe with the fingers, just in germany. As it is said in the movie actually..............

  • Karl Marksman
    Karl Marksman Day ago

    11:18 how much for the Tom Green mask?

  • Jigalo
    Jigalo Day ago

    her comments are cutted out af